We hope that some of the prayers shown here may help you.
The St Deiniol’s Way Prayer:
God of grace,
you have called me to follow in the steps of the early disciples and saints,
to live a life in true balance of wellbeing,
to pray each day and share in my own way
your love for all people, all creation.
By your love and grace and through the example of St Deiniol,
help me to be faithful in my prayer, in my work,
and in my times of rest,
in the busy hours and the quiet spaces,
so that I may worship you
so that your Church may grow,
so that your love may embrace and heal our broken world.
(from St Deiniol’s Way Worship Resource)
The Five Fingers Prayer.
1. Your thumb is nearest to you, and without it you are helpless. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you, without whom you, too, would be lost. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for our Prime Minister, our Assembly leader, the national leaders in Europe, the leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nations and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your ‘pinkie’ should remind you to pray for yourself.
By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Prayer for every day after Easter
Living, Almighty God,
Thank you that by your Spirit living in me,
made possible by the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus,
you give me all I need.
Like Peter, you forgive and re-commission me.
Like Thomas, you meet me in ways tailor-made for me.
Lord, thank you for the daily personal “nudges” that assure me of your reality,
your presence in my life,
just when I need so much to know you are here.
Some hints about prayer, as Easter approaches
Acknowledgments are always appreciated. Parents enjoy giving to their children, but they also teach them to say ‘thank-you’. When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one bothered to express his thanks. For couple of weeks, try saying just ‘thank you’ prayers. If you are out of the habit, you may find gratitude needs fresh effort, but makes a big difference to the day.
Why is prayer needed? Think of yourself as one of God’s agents in your neighbourhood. He wants you as a conduit; when you pray, you are opening up a means of collaborating with God’s will. C. S. Lewis suggested that God passes on to human beings any responsibility which they can take. Work and prayer are two ways of accomplishing what God wants.
Dealing with doubt. You may find yourself asking if it’s all an illusion. A group of Rabbis met after the Holocaust to put God on trial. How could He have let his people suffer in that way? They considered the evidence, then pronounced a guilty verdict, or more precisely said, “He owes us something”. Then they went to pray as they had always done. Prayer is instinctive. Try doubting your doubts.
Is prayer superstition? There’s a joke about a driver who was desperate for a parking place and promised God he would go to church next Sunday and put £10 in the plate if God found him one. Nothing happened. He increased the offer to £100, but without success. Finally, he offered £1,000 and immediately found a space. “The deal’s off”, said the driver, “I found one anyway.” A former Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, was asked if answers to prayer were just coincidences. He replied, “the more often I pray, the more often coincidences happen.” By the way, bribing God doesn’t work!
You are not alone. Not only is Jesus alongside you when you pray, so are billions of others, even if you can’t see them. We join with ‘angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven’ as well as the Church across the world, every time we pray. The pattern prayer taught by Jesus begins “Our Father”, so it’s for all of us.
The Collect for Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.